April, 15 2022
Alderman Reilly Reports
Alderman Reilly on the Lisa Dent Show
On Thursday, April 14, Alderman Reilly joined Lisa Dent and Steve Bertrand on WGN’s Chicago’s Afternoon News Radio. They discussed the Ward remap process, and a possible pilot program that would utilize cameras to enforce illegal staging, idling, and parking in bicycle lanes. Please click here to listen to the radio interview (starts at 0:55).
New As-of-Right Development Proposal
MAVREK Development proposes to construct a new mixed use development at 218 East Grand Avenue (commonly known as 535 North St. Clair Street). The site is currently a three-story parking garage containing 255 parking spaces.
As proposed, the mixed use building, designed by NORR, contains 248 residential apartments, almost 7,958 square feet of retail space on the ground-floor (which could also be used for a restaurant), 41,127 square feet of office space, 100 accessory parking spaces, 124 bicycle parking spaces, a private dog run, and a rooftop amenity pool deck. 

Parking and loading dock access is proposed via St. Clair Street, consistent with the existing parking structure. The residential lobby is planned on Grand Avenue with the office lobby accessible on St. Clair Street. A multi-story podium base contains the lobby elements, leasing offices, residence support spaces, bike parking, street front retail and 2 ½ levels of parking. Click here to review the project details
In order to best conceal the parking, these two floors are clad with translucent glass and contain a knee wall to block headlights. At Alderman Reilly's direction, the number of parking spaces was reduced from 138 to 100 spaces. Click here to review the proposed development traffic study.

The developers are not seeking any zoning relief, and plan to develop the site under the existing zoning rights which govern their property. As an as-of-right development, this project does not require Alderman Reilly's approval. 

As part of Alderman Reilly's transparent community process for new developments, your comments and observations are welcome for this project. Please click here to provide your feedback.
Bally's Tribune Casino Proposal Survey
On Wednesday, April 6, Bally’s held a community meeting to discuss their casino proposal for the Tribune Publishing site, which is located in the 27th Ward, represented by Alderman Burnett. 

If you were unable to attend the meeting in-person or participate online, you can watch Bally’s presentation here. For more information about the casino proposals, read previous Reilly Reports here

Alderman Reilly has heard from many constituents -- he'd like to hear from more, and consolidate comments. Please click here to take a brief survey about the Bally’s Tribune proposal.

Stay tuned to Reilly Reports for future updates. 
Election Judges Needed!
Alderman Reilly is looking for qualified applicants to serve as Election Judges in the 42nd Ward for the upcoming June 28, 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election, and the subsequent November 8, 2022 Gubernatorial General Election.

Election Judges are assigned to local polling places in the 42nd Ward and are responsible for ensuring polling places open and close on time, and that voting operations run smoothly.

Election judges earn $230 for their services, provided they complete a brief training session prior to Election Day.

To apply online to become a Judge of Election, in the 42nd Ward, with the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners, visit their website by clicking here. A paper main-in application is also available for download here.

Should you have additional questions, please contact Robert at [email protected] or 312-642-4242.
Street Sweeping Reminder
The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) will resume their seasonal street sweeping schedule, which began April 1st, and lasts through mid-November or later, weather permitting. Throughout the season, DSS deploys mechanical street sweepers at regularly scheduled times to clear debris from Chicago streets. Starting today, dozens of street sweepers will begin to clear the debris and leaves that have accumulated during winter months on both residential and arterial streets. 
On weekdays, from 9am to 2pm, this Sweeper Tracker map will show real-time locations of city street sweepers. For more information, please review the 42nd Ward street sweeping schedule. Residents can also call 311 to find the dates and locations of street sweeping in their area.
Please check for the bright orange signs announcing temporary parking restrictions. These signs are posted two days prior to scheduled street sweeping events. Some streets also have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.
City Clerk Senior Hours
The Office of the City Clerk is bringing back senior hours beginning Tuesday, May 3, 2022 and offering them every Tuesday through July 26, 2022. 

Senior hours are 8AM-9AM for individuals 65+ at the Archer and Gale satellite office locations. Please see the flyer below for more information.

North DuSable Lake Shore Drive Phase I Study
We Want to Hear from You!
Tell Us About Your Experience
Along the Lakefront

We want to ensure that future amenities and access features along North DuSable Lake Shore Drive (NDLSD) serve the needs and desires of the people who will use them. If you have not already, please complete the linked questionnaire to let us know what you love about the lakefront, how you would prefer to access the lakefront, and what you desire for future open spaces. Feel free to share this survey with your neighbors and social networks!
Click Here to Complete the

About the survey: 

  • It should take 3-5 minutes to complete. 
  • Responses are anonymous.
  • Questions ask about perceptions and use of public space along the lakefront in the NDLSD corridor between Grand Avenue and Hollywood Avenue.
  • The survey results will inform corridor design as part of the ongoing NDLSD Phase I Study. Responses will help the project team better understand how upcoming changes to NDLSD can support new placemaking opportunities to better serve people and activities along the lakefront.
  • The survey will be open through April 22, 2022.
We appreciate your time and support and look forward to your input. 

The North DuSable Lake Shore Drive Project Team
Please stay up to date with the project with the social media links below and our website: www.northdusablelakeshoredrive.org

Free At-Home Rapid COVID Tests
Testing is an important tool to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Biden Administration has purchased one billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to give to Americans for free. 

The program will allow four free tests to be requested per residential address, and tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering.

Click here to place your order for free at-home COVID-19 tests.
Free Tax Prep Help
The City of Chicago offers free, confidential tax help at locations across Chicago from late January - mid-April in partnership with the Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up. Please see the flyer below for more information.
42nd Ward Street Closures and Construction Notices

The Chi

The Chi will be filming at 505 N Lake Shore Drive on Tuesday, April 19. During the filming, parking at the following locations will be prohibited:

  • North side of Illinois from Lower Lake Shore Drive to Streeter Dr (Tuesday, April 19th 4:00AM- Wednesday, April 20th)
  • North side of Illinois St. from McClurg Ct. to Peshitgo Ct. (Tuesday, April 19th 4:00AM- Wednesday, April 20th)
  • South side of Grand Ave. from Peshitgo Ct. to McClurg Ct. (Tuesday, April 19th 4:00AM- Wednesday, April 20th)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brian Fairley (location manager) at (773) 521-1509.

Lake Shore Drive Bridge Testing Closure

CDOT will be performing maintenance and testing on the Lake Shore Drive Bridge during the following dates/times:

  • Monday, April 11 - Saturday, April 15 from 10pm - 5am.
  • Monday, April 18 - Saturday, April 22 from 10pm - 5am

While maintenance and testing is being performed, Upper Lake Shore Drive, from Illinois to Randolph will be closed. Additionally, Lower Lake Shore Drive, from Grand to Lower Wacker Drive will be closed.

The bridge testing will involve raising and lowering the bridge on numerous occasions to test and calibrate the new equipment. Flashing lights and bells will be active to test the new safety gates and warning bells - during bridge movements.

Southbound traffic will be redirected from Lake Shore Drive to westbound Grand Avenue, to southbound Columbus Drive, to eastbound Lower Wacker Drive and back to Lake Shore Drive. Northbound traffic will be redirected from Lake Shore Drive onto the Randolph ramp to westbound Lower Wacker Drive, to northbound Columbus Drive, to eastbound Illinois Street and back to Lake Shore Drive. 

Crane Lift: 640 N Wabash Avenue

On Saturday, April 16, from 8am-8pm, there will be a crane lift at 640 N Wabash Avenue. During the lift, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk on the west side of Wabash, from Erie to a point 100' south thereof
  • Curb lane on the west side of Wabash, from Erie to a point 100' south thereof
  • One southbound traffic lane on Wabash, from Erie to a point 100' south thereof

There will be barricades and flaggers in-place throughout the lift.

Planned Demonstration: 100 West Erie Street

On Saturday, April 16, from 2:30-5:30pm there is a planned demonstration at 100 West Erie Street.
Chicago March of Babies 

March of Dimes is hosting the Chicago March of Babies in Arvey Park on Sunday, April 24 from 8am-12pm. This is a walking event. Participants will walk from Arvey Field on Columbus, north to Jackson, east to the Lakefront, and back to Arvery.

Crane Lift: 7 West Monroe Street

On Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 from 8am-8pm there will be a crane lift at 7 West Monroe Street. Throughout the lift, Monroe, from State to Dearborn will be closed to vehicular traffic. The crane will remain on-site during the overnight hours.

There will be barricades, detour signs, and traffic control on-site throughout the lift.

Gas Main Replacement - Michigan, Chestnut to Cedar

Peoples Gas continues it's gas main replacement on the west side of Michigan Avenue, from Chestnut to Cedar. Work hours may vary throughout the project, but are currently anticipated to be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

All openings will be covered and secured during non-work hours. This portion of the gas main replacement is expected to last 3-6 weeks.

Gas Main Replacement - Michigan, Monroe to Lake

On Monday, February 7, Peoples Gas began a gas main replacement on the west side of Michigan Avenue, from Monroe to Lake. Work hours will be 9am-4pm.

This project is expected to be completed in July 2022 (weather dependent).

214 West Erie Street Renovations

On Monday, December 13, Crane Construction began renovations of 214 West Erie Street. During construction, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane in front of 214 West Erie Street. The curb lane will be used as a pedestrian walkway. Crane Construction will place jersey barriers and ramps in the curb lane to protect pedestrians and provide wheelchair access. 
  • Close 100' of the north/south alley adjacent to 214 W Erie Street. This is a T alley and residents of 222 W Erie will still be able to access their parking garage from the alley entrance on Franklin and Huron.

This project is expected to be completed summer of 2022 (weather dependent).

LG Construction: 751 N. Hudson and 451 W Chicago 

LG Construction has recently broke ground at 751 N. Hudson Avenue and 451 W. Chicago Avenue, which are adjacent parcels. Work hours will be 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Throughout the project, the following will be closed:

  • Sidewalk/curb lane/traffic lane of the east side of Hudson, from Chicago to the first alley south thereof
  • Sidewalk/curb lane/traffic lane on the west side of Sedgwick, from Chicago to the first alley south thereof
  • Sidewalk/curb lane on the south side of Chicago, from Hudson to Sedgwick

There will be a protected pedestrian walkway in the curb lane on the south side of Chicago Avenue, from Hudson Avenue to Sedgwick Street.

This project is expected to take 18 months to complete (weather dependent). 

354 North Union Construction

The Onni Group is constructing a 33 story residential building with 373 units. Work hours will be 8am-8pm, daily. 

Parking will be prohibited on North Union, from West Kinzie to the cul-de-sac west thereof throughout the project. All construction equipment and vehicles will be staged on the Onni Group’s property. This project will take approximately two years to complete. 

430 N. Michigan Lobby Renovation
Starting in mid-September, GNP Realty Partners will be renovating the lobby at 430 N. Michigan Avenue. Throughout the project, there will be a 40’ urban canopy on the sidewalk in front of the building. In order to place the canopy on the sidewalk, the planter bed and City Information Panel (CIP) at this location will be temporarily removed. Both the planter bed and CIP will be reinstalled upon completion of the project. 
The project is expected to be completed in May 2022. 

South Water Street Viaduct Replacement

In March 2021, the Chicago Department of Transportation began demolition of the South Water Street Viaduct, between Lower Beaubien Court and Stetson Street. Work hours are 8am-8pm, daily. 

As of May 10, vehicular and pedestrian access will be prohibited on the Upper and Lower levels of South Water Street, between Lower Beaubien Court and North Stetson Street. There will be barricades and detour signs in-place throughout the duration of the project. 

This project is expected to be completed in July 2022 (weather dependent). 

Overnight Parking Ban Downtown

Until further notice, overnight parking will be restricted on the following streets during the weekend:  

  • Both sides of Oak, between Michigan and Clark 
  • South side of Oak, between LaSalle and Wells 
  • Both sides of Chicago, between Michigan and Wells 
  • Both sides of Ohio, between Michigan and Wells 
  • Both sides of Hubbard, between Michigan and Wells 
  • North side of Illinois, between Dearborn and Clark 
  • Both sides of Illinois, between Wabash and Dearborn 
  • Both sides of Rush, between Grand and Ohio 
  • Both sides of Rush, between Erie and Oak 
  • Both sides of Wabash, between the Chicago River and Grand 
  • Both sides of State, between Kinzie and Oak 
  • Both sides of Erie, from Rush to Wells 
  • Both sides of Huron from Rush to Dearborn
  • Both sides of New Street, from Illinois to North Water
  • Both sides of Columbus Drive, from Monroe to Balbo 
  • North side of Wacker Drive, from Wabash to Michigan
  • North side of Wacker Drive, from Franklin to Columbus 
  • Both sides of Wacker Drive, from State to Wabash 
  • Both sides of Stetson, from Randolph to Wacker 
  • Both sides of Columbus Drive, from Randolph to Wacker 
  • Both sides of Beaubien Court, from Randolph to Lake 
  • Both sides of Randolph, from Harbor to Michigan 
  • Both sides of Ohio, from Michigan to Fairbanks
  • West side of Larrabee, from Erie to Huron

As always, please make sure to read all posted signage before parking your vehicle downtown.